“[The Future] cements Cohen’s reputation as wry nineties ironist & all-round spokesman for the human condition. Little short of a bloody marvel.”

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This excellent new album continues the stylistic experiments inaugurated with I’m Your Man, with only a few nods to the jaundice folkiness that made him so popular with hypochondriacs and raving paranoiacs in the first place. Likewise, his lyrical concerns have broadened beyond familiar themes of seduction and betrayal, with numerous forays into the political amphitheatre and committed stabs into the belly of the cynical, hard-boiled nineties.quotedown2

 

From Leonard Cohen: The Future by Cliff Jones, Rock CD, December 1992. Found at Rock’s Backpages. Access full review at the link.

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1992 “The Voice Of The Soul” The Future Ad

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This rare, gorgeously designed and executed French advertisement for Leonard Cohen’s The Future album was published in Les Inrockuptibles (December 1992, n° 41, p 59). The heading, “LA VOIX DE L’ÂME …” translated into English is “THE VOICE OF THE SOUL…” From Dominique BOILE

Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on creating The Future album: “There’s flesh and blood attached to it …”

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[The Future] involved a four-year struggle; the songs, some of them, are eight, ten years in the works. The record is there for keeps. There’s flesh and blood attached to it. I did what was necessary, and I sit here kind of wrecked.quotedown2

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From No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993. Originally posted Jan 4, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The landmarks are down and the lights have gone out and you’re holding on to your orange crate in the torrent and somebody goes by holding on to his broken flag staff. What is the appropriate behavior in this circumstance?” Leonard Cohen

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Screenshot from video of Barbara Gowdy-Leonard Cohen interview

So would you say as much as you can that you are what you write? That you stand by your songs?

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I would stand by them [my songs]. But I’ve been presenting this rap for a long time, which is a catastrophe has taken place, there’s no point in waiting for it, and somehow in the interior plane or the interior landscape a catastrophe has taken place, there is a flood going on… It’s been going on a a long time–I don’t know when the wave broke the wall. But I do believe we are in this torrent, that the landmarks are down and the lights have gone out and you’re holding on to your orange crate in the torrent and somebody goes by holding on to his broken flag staff. What is the appropriate behavior in this circumstance? Is it to declare yourself a conservative or a liberal or for abortion or against abortion? Those kinds of descriptions seem to be totally irrelevant to the situation. I prefer my descriptions of myself as they have developed over the years in my songs and books. I think that those descriptions are much more appropriate and, yes, I would stand by them.
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From TV Interview by Barbara Gowdy. Broadcast Nov 19, 1992 on TVOntario and published in One on One: The Imprint Interviews, edited by Leanna Crouch (1994).

The You Want It Darker Lighter

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What more appropriate way to fire up that cigarette on the You Want It Darker album cover than this lighter bearing the logo from The Future album?

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Credit Due Department: Photos of lighter contributed by Mel Joss.

Note: These items were originally posted April 28, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric